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The Drama of Coronation: Medieval Ceremony in Early Modern England

The Drama of Coronation: Medieval Ceremony in Early Modern England

Assesses the impact of the Reformation on the period's coronation ceremonies, and examines how they were described by contemporary observers.

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ISBN 9780521182874
Barcode 9780521182874
Published 17 February 2011 by Cambridge University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Hunt, Alice
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ISBN-13 9780521182874
ISBN-10 0521182875
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Publication Date 17 February 2011
International Publication Date 25 November 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Hunt, Alice
Category Theatre, Drama
Literary Studies: General
Number of Pages 254
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 350g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Coronations - Great Britain - History - 16th century, Monarchy - Great Britain - History - 16th century, Great Britain - Kings and rulers, Great Britain - Politics and government - 1485-1603, Great Britain - History - Tudors, 1485-1603
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 942.05;394.4
Catalogue Code 157055

Description of this Book

The coronation was, and perhaps still is, one of the most important ceremonies of a monarch's reign. This book examines the five coronations that took place in England between 1509 and 1559. It considers how the sacred rite and its related ceremonies and pageants responded to monarchical and religious change, and charts how they were interpreted by contemporary observers. Hunt challenges the popular position that has conflated royal ceremony with political propaganda and argues for a deeper understanding of the symbolic complexity of ceremony. At the heart of the study is an investigation into the vexed issues of legitimacy and representation which leads Hunt to identify the emergence of an important and fruitful exchange between ceremony and drama. This exchange will have significant implications for our understanding both of the period's theatre and of the cultural effects of the Protestant Reformation.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Alice Hunt's first monograph is an engrossing and superbly written account of the sixteenth-century Tudor coronation ceremony.' Modern Language Review

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